The Secret Teachings of All Ages Manly P. Hall Huston Smith says that this classic is "a masterful summation of the esoteric teachings of the ages". And Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut, says "it will guide historians, philosophers, and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries."
"The power to think true is the savior of humanity. The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power."
"Right thinking, right feeling, and right action – these are three gates through which the Christ power passes into the material world, there to labor in the erection of the Temple of Universal Brotherhood."
“To the Gnostics, the Christ was the personification of the Divine Mind.”
"The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you."
"The ancients believed that the theory of humanity's being made in the image of God was to be understood literally. They maintained that the universe was a great organism not unlike the human body, and that every phase and function of the Universal Body had a correspondence in humanity."
"All is in God and God is in all; all is in all and each is in each."
"In the theology of the Egyptians, goodness takes precedence and all things partake of its nature. Goodness is sought by all. It is the Prime Cause of causes. Goodness is self-diffused and hence exists in all things."
"The archetypes are abstract patterns formulated in the Divine Mind."
"Pythagoras taught that both man and the universe were made in the image of God."
"Proclus says: 'Every property of divinity permeates all creation and gives itself to all creatures.'"
"This little earth is bathed as of old in the sunlight of its Providential Generator….God continues to love and guide the destinies of His creation."
"Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle."
“Xenophanes declared that God ‘is all things’.”
"God is the 'within' and the 'without' of all things."
"While physically bound to earth (of which his blood and bones are part), there is nevertheless within man a spiritual power, a diviner Self, through which he is one with the symphony of the Whole."
“Zeno of Elea asserted that there was but one God, who was an eternal, ungenerated Being.”
"Man's nature – consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties – reflects the light of his Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world."
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."
"Out of one in all is all."
"The universe is made up of successive gradations of good."
"Everything which exists has a spirit – the seed of Divinity within itself."
"The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of Cosmos itself."
“According to Plato, the One is the term most suitable for defining the Absolute.”
"God is in all. Therefore, all are divinely in the Divine."
"Forms are the symbols of formless divine principles; symbolism is the language of Nature. With reverence the wise pierce the veil and with clear vision contemplate the reality."